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With SSA’s Help, CSSA Continues to Fight the Good Fight

Monday, July 29, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brenda Lafontaine
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For Immediate Release         

 

Contact: Erin King, Executive Director                                  

Phone: (949)783-4130

E-mail: Erin.King@cssaweb.com

 

With SSA’s Help, CSSA Continues to Fight the Good Fight

Friday, July 26th - In spite of the recent disappointing turnaround for the AB 983 bill in Sacramento, the CSSA has continued to fight the good fight to bring about the kind of legislation that will benefit state self storage facilities. Finding ways to improve the lien laws will be an ongoing movement and that quest will be greatly aided by the assistance provided by the national Self Storage Association (SSA).

Thanks to the guidance of Tim Dietz, the SSA’s Sr. VP – Communications and Government Relations, and Carlos Kaslow, the SSA’s General Council, improving life for the California self storage owner/operator is a focal point. Of course, the SSA is doing the same for states across the country, but it has donated a significant amount of funding to California legislation over the years.

In fact, in 2010 a successful lien update took place in the California legislature which rounded out an already improved law. It took a joint effort from the CSSA and SSA to make it happen and the two forces will continue to concentrate on making good things happen despite the recent setback.

"Often these efforts take 2 or 3 years to complete successfully, particularly in larger states with so much activity at the capitols," said Dietz. "The SSA/CSSA enjoyed a successful collaborative effort to improve the lien law a few years ago, an effort which took a couple of sessions to complete. Although the votes didn't go our way in one committee this time, much progress was made and we look forward to working at it until this burdensome law is amended."

The SSA has worked on 16 lien bills this year across the country and eight have been successful so far.

"We are always thankful for the effort given by the SSA to help us,” adds Erin King, Executive Director of the CSSA. "Mike Scanlon, Tim Dietz and Carlos Kaslow are the best to work with, always coming up with ways to support our cause. A lot of smart mind come together to make things better for self storage in our state. The key is to be patient and positive and good things will happen.”   

 

About The California Self-Storage Association

Founded in 2002, the California Self Storage Association (CSSA) is the state not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to serving the California Self-Storage industry including owner-operators, facility managers and industry vendors. The CSSA represents some 450 direct member companies that own and operate over 1,200 facilities in California. CSSA direct members range from individual facility owner-operators to multiple-facility operations, to the industry's largest publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).